Weird West Author Spotlight: Andrew Slinde

Welcome, Andrew!

Andrew Slinde is a screenwriter, novelist, and consummate cynic. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa, and cohabits with 3 apex predators. His books can be found here or on Amazon.

About Sins of the Elders Series

In the world of Morgarai, a broken mirror-image of our own, Peackeeper Esther Triad finds herself in the crosshairs of a shadowy cabal bent on saving the world. Assisted by a cast of colorful and often mysterious characters, Esther embarks on a mission across the broken world to uncover the Sins of the Elders.

Interview with Andrew Slinde

What is it about the Weird West genre that draws you to it? What are your favorite aspects or examples of this Under-appreciated genre? 

I love a good Western and have since I was a kid. Some of my favorites are Sergio Leone’s Man with No Name saga (A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, and the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), True Grit & Rooster Cogburn, and Silverado. Combine that with my love of horror and fantasy, thanks in no small part to Stephen King’s Dark Tower books, and the Weird West just drew me right in.

What inspired you to write this story?

4 words: Guns what shoot magick. The bad grammar is completely intentional. That of course led to a vision of spell-slinging cowpokes fighting demons, which is a perfectly natural progression, obviously.

If you were living in the Weird West, what kind of character would you be?

An NPC. I’d be the guy very safely in the background sipping coffee and watching all the crazy stuff unfold. These places are too dangerous for my risk-averse ass.

Are there any other writing projects you’re working on?

I’m currently taking a short break from my series to write a YA dark fantasy called Godslayer, a story about a world where the gods are cruel, eldritch monsters and the young woman who’s selected (basically at random) to slay them.

Favorite weird west movie/book/comic/etc. and why?

I recently read the graphic novel series Pretty Deadly and immediately fell in love with it. It gives us a Weird West story that is both melancholy and beautiful. It took my breath away and I really can’t recommend it more.

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